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Harold Lloyd’s ‘The Kid Brother’ by Ben Model on the theatre organ
July 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In The Kid Brother, silent-comedy legend Harold Lloyd goes west in this irresistible blend of action, romance, and slapstick invention. The everyman round eyeglasses is at his best as Harold Hickory, the mild-mannered son of a prominent lawman who lives in the shadow of his macho brothers. When a traveling medicine show rolls into town, it brings with it excitement, the possibility of love, and a chance for Harold to prove his mettle. Deftly balancing Lloyd’s brilliant sight gags and thrilling set pieces—including an epic, knock-down, drag-out fight aboard an abandoned ship—with one of the actor-filmmaker’s most fully realized, root-for-the-underdog narratives, The Kid Brother is a hilarious and heartwarming high-water mark of early screen comedy.
Ben Model is one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, and performs on both piano and theatre organ. He works full-time presenting and accompanying silent films in a wide variety of venues internationally, carrying on a tradition he learned from the great silent film organist Lee Erwin.
In the course of his career, Ben has created and performed live scores for several hundred silent films, films lasting anywhere from one minute to five hours.
Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art and at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theatre. Ben performs regularly at classic film festivals, universities, museums, and historic theaters across the country. He as composed film scores for both orchestra and concert band for accompaniment to films by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. These scores are performed around the U.S. every year by professional and school ensembles.
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This performance is Sponsored by The Richards Stover Group at Kissinger Bigatel & Brower
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